MAO Interview with Artist and Photographer Taiji Matsue (Part 1)
Today we have the first part of an interview with Japanese Artist and photographer, Taiji Matsue.
Some of you may have already seen Taiji's amazing new show, "Nest", up currently at the Cohen Amador Gallery on 57th street. If not.. you need to see this show ASAP!
Some of the
smart MAO Photobook obsessed readers, may also know Taiji Matsue by his book Taiji Matsue, 2001 which was included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's The Photobook: A History, Part 1, and is frequently listed among the most "significant" Japanese Photography books.
Here's Part 1 of our MAO Matsue interview...
Japanese artists have been your biggest inspirations? Which Non-Japanese Artists?
Matsue : Within Japanese, it's Daido Moriyama. With, Non-Japanese they are Carleton Watkins and Lewis Baltz.
(Photo #1, Taiji Matsue, "JP-22 03" 2005, C Print)
2. MAO : Your photographic projects almost span the globe..your photographic body has included many urban, and well as several rural settings. What was your favorite location to work, and why?
Matsue : There is no favorite location in particular. My ideal is to homogenize the whole world, that's why. In my opinion, artist's personal and private feeling against the location have no influence over spectators.
3. MAO : Do you have a "Matsue" signature style to your photographic work, is this something you particularly strive for or is it more organic.. can you describe this "Matsue" look?
Matsue : The "Matsue" look ... I think this is what the spectators decide, not myself.
(Photo #2, Taiji Matsue, "CHI 0254" 2002, gelatin silver print)
4. MAO : For your last show in New York City at the Cohen Amador Gallery in 2006, the New York Time's critic Benjamin Genocchio, described your work as ".....scientific precision that gives his pictures a diverting presence and analytic crispness. But there is little emotional engagement."
New York City at the Cohen Amador Gallery in 2006, the New York Time's critic Benjamin Genocchio, described your work as ".....scientific precision that gives his pictures a diverting presence and analytic crispness. But there is little emotional engagement."
Matsue : I agree with the half of it, but not all of them. I take the photo by feeling a passion for "sunlit" surface of the earth. That gives the scientific precision to my works.
5. MAO : Many purist, "old world art photographers," regard the use of Photoshop as almost cheating. Can you tell us how and why you use Adobe Photoshop in your work?
Matsue : Denying the use of Photoshop for digital photographs means the same thing as denying the darkroom for analog photographs. Contradicting digital photography is nonsense. It's just nostalgia for the good old days, I think.
Note : All Taiji Matsue photos courtesy of TARO NASU and Cohen Amador Gallery.